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Removing the Tooth Pain Mystery: What is a Root Canal?

Posted on May 18th, 2015

getting painful tooth checkedRoot canals can get a bad reputation for being painful, but not a lot of people know what they are. While they may not sound very pleasant, they can alleviate a lot of mouth discomfort for people who have seemingly unexplained tooth pain.

So, what leads to a root canal in the first place? When your tooth becomes chipped, cracked or broken, it heightens the possibility of extensive nerve damage –– which is when a dentist will perform a root canal to get rid of your toothache.

The root canal procedure itself is one that may require anesthesia, which will numb the area around your affected and nerve-damaged tooth. The dentist will then remove the damaged nerve and clean the inside of the tooth. Afterwards, your dentist will fill and seal the tooth to prevent any infection.

The tooth decay that leads to the need for a root canal may be extensive enough to require further dental work, including a porcelain crown. The addition of a crown will help protect your already sensitive tooth and get you back to enjoying your favorite foods again.

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Cary, NC Root Canal Experts

Getting a root canal doesn’t have to be scary. Rest assured that when you call the Cary tooth experts at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you’ll be placed in some of the best hands in the Triangle. We will examine you for additional chipped or cracked teeth, and can use our digital x-ray technology to identify any other potential problems.

After the root canal, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s team will fit you with a customized porcelain crown so no one will ever be able to tell you had any dental work done! If you’d like to learn more about the health of your teeth, root canals or porcelain crowns, our dental experts are standing by to address any questions you may have. Give us a call at (919) 859-1339 or visit our contact page to request your next appointment.

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